Toyota revealed two new versions of the Toyota Prius, creating a family of hybrids. The announcement was made at the North American International Auto Show.
Prior to the auto show, the Toyota Prius was a single third generation model. However, the additions of the Prius V and the Prius C bolster more green power and a greater appeal to the consumers.
Toyota anticipates the new additions to the Prius family to boost acceptance of hybrids, especially the Prius. Both the Prius V and the Prius C vehicles provide the same essential functions of its predecessor having high fuel economy and low emissions. The Prius V and Prius C come with all the basic amenities Toyota consumers have come to know and expect
The Prius V, designed for the growing family, able to spaciously seat up to five people. The rear hatch has 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space, larger than any other hybrid and most compact sport utility vehicles (SUV). Even with the larger mid-size design, the Prius V still provides the best combined MPG of any wagon, SUV or crossover on the market. The estimated MPG is 42 mpg for city and 38 mpg highway and 40mpg combined.
Although the Prius V is production ready, the Prius C is yet in the making. Toyota has not officially completed the model but the company did allude to some appealing features sure to grab the attention of consumers. Toyota guarantee the Prius C will be the most fuel-efficient car on the market and will have no need of a plug. In addition, Toyota claims it will be the most “value-oriented hybrid” in the U. S.
In 2010, the Prius reigned as the number one selling car in Japan. Since it hit the market in 2000, the Toyota Prius has sold more than 955,000 vehicles in the United States.